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Foreign objective: London game critical for NFL's global aspirations

Determined to conquer the international market, the NFL is viewing Sunday's Dolphins-Giants matchup as a huge step in the right direction, writes Jeffri Chadiha.

Originally Published: October 24, 2007
By Jeffri Chadiha | ESPN.com

Of all the things Mark Waller remembers about his first NFL game, it's the atmosphere that stands out most. It was 1996 and Waller stood in a crowded parking lot at Green Bay's Lambeau Field, patiently awaiting a game between the Packers and Vikings.

Waller really didn't know much about the sport -- he was an executive in the liquor industry at the time, a native of Wales who had grown up on soccer and cricket -- and he was skeptical of all the hype surrounding pro football. But ...

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